Brahmani Nara, Executive Director, Heritage Foods Limited

The company is aiming for better-than-industry growth rates during the next five years.

Jul 31, 2019 03:07 IST India Infoline News Service

Brahmani Nara, Heritage Foods Limited
Brahmani Nara, Executive Director, Heritage Foods Limited, holds a Master's in Business Administration from Stanford University, Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, California, USA and Communication Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India. She has been an investment Associate in Vertex Venture Management Pvt Ltd between 2009-2011 in Singapore. She joined Heritage in 2011 as Vice President Business Development and is now serving as Executive Director. She takes care of such vital functions as design, development and implementation of strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.  
 
In an interaction with Mamta Maity, indiainfoline, Brahmani Nara said, “The company entered the western markets in the last few years and the northern markets recently. We have also seen an increase in the volume of our products being sold in western markets.
 
Brief us about your business and the group as a whole.
Heritage foods Limited was incorporated on June 5, 1992. The company is principally engaged in the dairy. In the dairy division, the company is in the business of milk, milk products, and ice cream/frozen dessert. The company sells dairy products under Heritage, Alpenvie, Dairy Life, Dairy Pure brands. The Dairy division is the flagship business vertical for the company. The company has a direct procurement network of over 3 lakh dairy farmers across 8 major milk producing states namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. The direct milk procurement from farmers enables the company to maintain high quality and efficient pricing. Heritage has mastered all these and has been successful in providing health and happiness to consumers in the last 27 years.
 
In the year 2018, Heritage Foods Ltd has completed the acquisition of dairy business of Reliance Retail Ltd which the company had announced during October 2016. Through this acquisition, the company made inroads for business in the Northern markets.
 
What are the Company's targets in the milk product space? What does the company envision in terms of revenue and profits in this segment?
The market size of dairy stands at about Rs6 lakh cr, out of which about 27% of the market is organized and has been growing at 10 to 15% p.a. The entry of large MNC dairy companies into the country and expansions announced by domestic dairy companies including Heritage shows that the demand for value-added dairy products (VADP) and milk is increasing steadily and that the pie of organized dairy is going to increase, besides a rise in the per capita consumption of milk.
 
Kindly shed light on product categories and best sellers. Going forward, what are your plans to expand the category range?
Nationally, five product groups contribute to 90% VADP revenues. They are 1. Packaged Milk 2. Butter Milk 3. Curd / Dahi, Drinkables (which includes Flavoured Milk and Lassi), 4. Dairy Fat (Butter, Ghee, Paneer, Peda, etc.) and 5. Ice creams & Frozen Dessert 

The company has recently launched healthy variants in lassi such as Sabja lassi & they have been a hit with the customers.

Heritage has a presence in all of the above categories. While all these products are sizeable and growing, Curd/Dahi stands out as a category which is growing at the fastest rate. While Curd/ Dahi contributes sizeable part of the VADP for Heritage.

In the last 1-2 years, the company has grown its VADP portfolio, which contributes to 25% of the revenues. Besides this, the company has set up an Ultrahigh Temperature (UHT) milk processing plant near Visakhapatnam. The company launched premium ice cream brand Alpenvie and had ventured into the flavoured milk segment. We have integrated operations in the Northern markets and have set up a processing plant in Sonipat and at Khamanon near Chandigarh to cater to these markets.
 
What are your expansion plans going ahead? At last, kindly highlight your growth and future plans?
The company is aiming for better-than-industry growth rates during the next five years. We are pursuing the following growth initiatives currently:
  • Setting up a greenfield yoghurt plant by 2019 through our JV company
  • Increasing the contribution of the value-added products segment from 25% to 40%
  • Expanding the presence of the brand in relatively newer geographies like Northern and Western to achieve sizable business
  • Working on expanding both organic and inorganic processing capacities and also in areas of procurement of milk
The company entered the western markets in the last few years and the northern markets recently. We have also seen an increase in the volume of our products being sold in western markets. Additionally, as a part of our expansion plan, the company is setting up a milk processing plant in Maharashtra. After fully integrating the Dairy business of Reliance Retail into the company, the company is focussing on increasing its share of business from the Northern Markets. The marketing efforts in newer markets have been pepped up to increase the depth of the brand in these markets. The newly set up plants in Sonipat and at Khamanon near Chandigarh would cater to this market. These are some of the initiatives taken by the company to develop new markets.
 
Can you brief us about your CSR activities?
As a company, we are dedicated to constantly boost our social responsibilities to make a significant change in the lives of others by aligning our initiatives to achieve goals. In our focus on business and care for community, the company has recognized that the only way ahead for us as a nation is by giving back. Few CSR activities that we undertook are as below:
  • Initiative with an NGO CHORD 
Heritage Foods in association with CHORD an NGO did an activity on company’s social media page Facebook, Instagram, the activity was with every ‘share’, Heritage donated milk to underprivileged children. 
  • Rebuilding cyclone-affected lives
Heritage Foods donated Rs48.50 lakh from the CSR funds and Rs17.67 lakh from the Heritage Employee Welfare funds to SMART Andhra Pradesh Foundation in support of Cyclone Titli that affected families in Srikakulam, AP.
  • Helping Kerala stand up after the floods
We have donated Rs44,23,129 worth of skimmed milk powder from the CSR funds and employees’ one day’s salary to the needy people in Kerala’s tragic floods.
  • Uplifting women through education
Heritage Foods Academic Block at NTR Junior College for Girls, Gandipet was inaugurated by Mr D. Seetharamaiah, Chairperson, HFL. This block was built from CSR funds of Heritage Foods Limited.

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